Some photos from UK!

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Hello everyone!

I have been very busy writing my book but that is not why I am posting though.

I am posting some photos for everyone that I took at various places in the United Kingdom!

I hope you like them!

Here is the view from the top of Edinburgh zoo in Scotland!
Edinburgh Top

Here is the scores from a game of Ice Hockey – Sheffield Steelers Vs Belfast Giants

The Koala’s at Edinburgh Zoo – they sleep 20 hours a day buy I caught them snacking!

A greater one-horned rhino at Edinburgh Zoo – I love this picture, he is called Samir, he is six years old and just come out of the bath!

I have never seen a panda before, this is a sleeping Yang Guang!
Tian Tian

Sunbathing penguins!

Trees of Scotland from the view of a small person!
Trees of Scotland

A meerkat making sure the coast is clear!

Here is a picture of a beach I visited!
Beach Stones


Chocolate sponge loaf! #baking

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Chocolate sponge cake!

Today I baked a chocolate sponge cake loaf – here is how I made it!

Ingredients that you will need:

Loaf tin
Large Bowl
115g Self raising flour
115g Caster Sugar
115g Butter / Margarine
2 x Eggs
As much baking chocolate as you like – as long as you want it chocolatey!


First of all pre heat the oven to between 150/175 degrees!

Grease a loaf tin – don’t forget that part.

Measure out all of the ingredients on measuring scales, then put them together and mix them together thoroughly, in a slow motion. Once complete, it should be into a soft mixture without any lumps in it.



Fetch a loaf tin and grease it with butter and fill it with the soft mixture you have just created. Put the cake in the middle of the oven which you have pre heated. You can put the mixture into cupcake holders instead if you like.
Bake the cake for 25 minutes!


It should rise in the oven, if you stick a fork into the middle of the cake – to tell if it’s done, prod a fork in the middle. Note that no soft eggy mixture comes out on the fork. If it does you need to leave it longer.



Every kid should read Roald Dahl books #kidslit #amreading

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I really like Roald Dahl books. When I was younger I read lots of them, I enjoyed them and they helped me learn to read. Every kid my age should read his books.

Everyone’s first experience of Roald Dahl is different. Mine was probably the story of ‘The Big Friendly Giant’ (or… The BFG for short). My Dad thinks its one of the best children’s books around and he insisted reading it to me. It is a bizarre story but very funny. I remember the ‘whizz poppers’ making me laugh a lot. I think I was about five or six years old when I was first read it. My mum tells me that she used to read Revolting Rhymes to me as well. I really enjoyed that.

My most favourite Roald Dahl story though is probably not what you think – its The Twits. That’s because it is short and packed full of gross stuff (which is good for kids!), about Mr and Mrs Twit. I remember them being terrible, awful characters but they were described in an amusing way. I loved it.

Fantastic Mr Fox is one of my other favourite Roald Dahl books. I was bought a copy a few years ago and I read it quite a few times. Mr Fox is a brilliant character – he is always really positive no matter what terrible situations he is in. He has his family’s best interests at heart but I don’t know how they put up with him. If you have read Fanfastic Mr Fox – then you should watch the movie, which is one of my favourite adaptations, it’s really cool!

There are so many good Roald Dahl books out there, I just can’t list them all.

Roald Dahl

If you want to know my full Top 5 Roald Dahl books, see this video I made a while ago:

I don’t think that Roald Dahl is as popular with kids as he used to be though, when I started school. He doesn’t get talked about and that is a shame! However I think that there are lots of other good authors inspired by him! I also really like David Walliams books – they remind me of Roald Dahl a little bit. If you think Roald Dahl is too old fashioned then you should read Gangsta Granny or Mr Stink, they are more popular for kids like me these days.

What is your favourite Roald Dahl book?

Sugary-Sherburts – Book 3 Teaser #kidslit

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Gosh – Hi everyone!

I have been off for WordPress for a little while. I wanted to let everyone know that I have just finished writing my very first draft of The Sugary-Sherburts — BOOK 3! If you have never read my other books, they are kidslit and I wrote my first one when I was 10.

I haven’t written a book in a while though, and I know that the most difficult bit is next, proof reading and editing, then getting the pictures organised. Its very exciting though?!

Here is a video I made for it

Just finished reading Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone!

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Recently I have read Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling and I thought I would write a blog post about it.


My friends couldn’t believe that I had never read Harry Potter books before. I have tried but never really got into them. The film had put me off. However my friend lent me their copy of The Philosophers Stone a few weeks ago. It’s an enjoyable book, when I actually gave it time, I couldn’t put it down.

Basically, Harry Potter’s parents were killed when Harry was little and he went to live with his Aunt and Uncle – which he hated thoroughly! Harry started receiving hundreds of letters which his evil uncle just burnt. However they didn’t know that the letter was to tell Harry that he had been accepted into Hogwarts. As days went on the Uncle took Harry away and then Hagrid (school assistant) gave them all the good news – well good news to Harry anyway.

I really like this book because most of the time there’s always something big or small happening, the writing is brilliant which keeps you interested. I struggled to keep interest towards the end when the action got less and less but I kept on going and glad it didn’t put me off the book.

I would recommend this book for 7 – 12 year olds (boys or girls!) I give it five out of five stars!

My next book in the series is the “Chamber of Secrets”.

Has anyone read this book? Do you love Harry Potter?

Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop 2014 #KidLitGH (Now closed to entries)

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Hello this post is part of the 2nd Annual Children’s Book Week Kid Lit Giveaway Hop. The giveaway is run and managed by Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews (links below):

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Below was my prize!

Prize: A copy of The Sugary-Sherburts and The Stone Witch by Heather Ellis (suitable children aged 7+).

(The image above is the Kindle book cover).

Link to my the book for more detail:

The blurb…”

“A cruel witch and a desperate discovery. Kit and Kat, Sugary-Sherburt, find themselves on the run from a dastardly witch who is trying to destroy their town called Thornton. Kit and Kat must join forces to defeat the wicked witch and get home in time for dinner. The journey takes them to a secret snow castle. They are in terrible danger; will they manage to save the town, their friend and families in time? The Sugary Sherburts and The Stone Witch is part two of the Sugary-Sherburts series by Heather Ellis.”

My contest ended.

Open to: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: No purchase required to enter or win. Void where prohibited by law. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. No cash alternatives available. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with the company Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored, hosted, and managed by Heather Ellis from Heather Ellis Books.

To find out details of who the winner was…

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Author interview – Ngaire Victoria Elder of The Cecilia Spark Adventures

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Hello everyone, let me introduce you to Ngaire Victoria Elder, who is the author of the Cecilia Spark, children’s adventure books. She has been very kind in letting me interview her for my blog – I hope everyone enjoys the interview!


Let’s start, tell me about yourself, the author?

I am a married mother of four magnificent children, originally from Scotland and now settled in Southern Spain, in a small farmhouse, surrounded by lovely plants and animals of all types. I have written three well received children’s books as part of a series called The Adventures of Cecilia Spark and look forward to carrying on with that. I am a voracious reader and am rarely without an on-going book and as part of my work as a children’s author, I visit schools in Spain and the UK and read to young children, with the express purpose of encouraging literacy, a love of animals and the great outdoors.

OK that’s you, please tell me about Cecilia Spark and how she came about?

In the beginning, Cecilia Spark was a boy! It was my eldest niece who convinced me to change the protagonist into a girl and Cecilia Spark was born!

Cecilia Spark has a thirst for adventure and loves the great outdoors. Her adventures will take children to new worlds deep in their imagination. The stories touch on the emotional, behavioural and real-life challenges young people will most likely face as they grow up.

How long does it take for you to write a book?

Jings, let me think … from start to finish about 8-9 months. That may seem long but I fit writing into my busy schedule. I am a mother first and foremost, any time left I devote to writing.

Creating the story is the easy part. Editing and publishing are the most time consuming and hair-pulling aspects!

How did your childhood inspire your writing?

As a child I was always outside playing, discovering and enjoying nature. My childhood was carefree, fun and full of adventure. My imagination fuelled many an escapade!

You have written a number of Ceilia Spark Adventures, do you find it more difficult to write a series?

No, I don’t. I can honestly say as my series progresses the characters develop, I become more attuned to their likes and dislikes! My imagination gets carried away at times, but I love it!

I love the research stage for Cecilia Spark’s adventures and I endeavour to base parts of the story on real places; magical and unique locations in our world. In book 2 – The Adventures of Cecilia Spark: the Mystical Mountains of Terra – one place I was drawn to whilst researching for this adventure was the mangroves in Brazil, in particular the Bahia region, and the lake scene at the Mystical Mountains, was inspired by Lake Baikal in Russia. 

Given this I believe every child that reads a Cecilia Spark adventure will not only enjoy the thrills and spills but will also learn about the world we live in and the importance of friendship.


How did you meet your illustrator Peter Maddocks (I love the drawings!) and how do you work together?

Peter Maddocks and I have been friends for a number of years; he’s a wonderful person and his artwork is sublime.

As for working together, I give Peter the finished manuscript and leave him to work his magic. I am not alone in thinking that Peter’s illustrations are fantastic and capture the enchantment and excitement of Cecilia Spark’s adventures beautifully.

You have some cool promotional videos on – who put them together?

I created the book trailers and had a little help to upload 2 to You Tube. I used to methods: Movie Maker and Animoto.

Movie Maker is more time consuming and takes a bit of patience to get used to it, but once mastered Movie Maker creates some fabulous results. In conjunction with Movie Maker I downloaded music from Jewelbeat.

Animoto is quick, fun and easy to use. There are few options available – a ‘free’ option, and 2 priced options for greater choice and business users.

On the whole,   Movie Maker and Animoto are great tools to use for producing professional quality book trailers without stretching the budget! Don’t be afraid to experiment with all the different options available.

What are some of your favourite children’s books, the ones you have read over and over?

My all time favourite – The Blown Away Rabbit by Enid Blyton. I genuinely thought I would be able fly after reading that book. Also, Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne and Peter Pan by J M Barrie.

I read in another interview that you like Roald Dahl books. My favourite Dahl books are The BFG, The Twits or Fantastic Mr Fox – which is yours?

My goodness there are too many to choose from! I do like The Minpins, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, any of his Revolting Rhymes and poems.

Stealing a Magpie is fun and reminds me of one summer when I was a child. A magpie befriended me and followed me round the garden. For days, perhaps even weeks, the magpie was always waiting for me in the morning. But one day he flew away and I never saw him again. I remember feeling extremely sad.

I looked out for him the next summer just in case, but he never returned.

What do your children think of mum’s books?

I think they are proud of me. My youngest son has one of my books and he enjoys colouring the illustrations.

Recently, my son, Duncan, took some of my books to school to show his teacher and classmates.

When I’m writing my daughter always asks me how I am getting on.

I see you love animals, do you have a favourite pet and why?

I don’t have a favourite; I love all animals (okay, except snakes and gigantic spiders!).

I care about every waif and stray that passes by my door. I have rescued a few dogs, brought them back to health and then found a loving home for them. Two dogs we took on ourselves (Toto and Poppy).

I am a passionate supporter of horse rescue, having volunteered in a rescue centre in southern Spain.  I am actively involved in fund raisers supporting not only local rescue centres, but also for international programs, such as saving the wild mustangs in the Pryor Mountain range in Montana. 

I believe we need to teach our children to take better care of our world than we have. The human race has systematically ravaged and depleted many beauties of the natural world. In fact, one of the characters in book 2 of my children’s series is named after a sub-species of tiger that is now extinct, Turan.

What should a first time visitor to Southern Spain do while there?

Depends on ones likes … I would say a visit to Malaga is a must; a beautiful cosmopolitan city with a Roman Theatre.

The lakes at El Chorro and El Camino del Rey is another must do:

I think El Camino del Rey (The King’s Walkway) is being re-opened 2015.


 Photo of El Camino del Rey

The Alhambra at Granada and a trip to the Sierra Nevada for winter sports, the caves at Nerja, La Cala beach (EU Blue Flag Beach) and Refugio del Juanar  (

Of course a trip to Southern Spain wouldn’t be complete unless you visit one of the waterparks or a quick trip to Morocco! 

What is your proudest achievement?

My beautiful children, they make me proud every day. Also working with my daughter, Fearn, on our book – My Nature Friends – she illustrated it.


What’s next for you in writing?

I plan to continue with Cecilia Spark’s 4th adventure and write the next book in my a-z series which will be illustrated by Fearn.

I am in the midst of producing audio books for the first 3 books in my series and so once that project is complete I will start writing. 

How can my blog readers find out more about you and your books?

My website –

My blog –

Heather, thank you very much for hosting me on your blog today.